Lebohang Liepollo Pheko

WEAll Ambassador

South Africa

Trade Collective



Lebohang Liepollo Pheko is an activist scholar, researcher , public intellectual, development practitioner with interests in Afrikan political economy, States& nationhood, international trade & global financial governance, feminisation of poverty, regional integration and impacts of globalisation on labour migration.

Senior Research Fellow at research and policy advocacy think tank Trade Collective and has taught International Trade and developed a course on Afrikan Feminism at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute where she is a founding faculty member and Associate. She has taught as visiting faculty at several institutions beyond South Africa including Zambia, Mexico, Sweden, the US and the UK.

Pheko’s work is grounded in a race, class and feminist analysis and she is committed to grounding academic research in community struggles & contexts. She is proudly associated with a wave of unapologetic African feminism that is grounded in heterodox thinking on social transformation, reframing the State and rethinking economics.

A board member of several academic and development organisations including the International Network on Migration and Development , the Association of African Trade Practitioners and is currently deputy convener [and founding member] of the Pan African Network in Defence of Migrant Rights. She has contributed to several books on international trade, gender and politics and social transformation and written numerous conference and academic papers in addition to popular opinion pieces and columns on regional integration, international relations, migration, public & development policy, economic citizenship, forms of nation and statehood including racism in international institutions and emerging global powers.

Lebohang Liepollo is a prolific and sometimes inconvenient voice in public debates across South Africa and globally having travelled 35 countries on all continents to give political solidarity and technical inputs to various popular movements and development processes. She invests much time in mentoring young people, younger activists /academics and developing women in leadership. Her best time is spent with her rapidly adulting children, enjoying jazz, gospel , chocolate, slow jogs and pursuing the art of stillness.